SYRACUSE, NY (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is making stops in upstate New York on behalf of two House Democrats.

He’s campaigning with nine-term Rep. Maurice Hinchey in Binghamton and headlining a rally with freshman Rep. Dan Maffei in Syracuse.

The former president has emerged as one of the most popular campaign draws for Democrats across the country, even as the party braces for expected large losses in both the House and Senate.

Hinchey is not viewed as especially vulnerable. But Maffei is fighting a strong challenge from Republican Ann Marie Buerkle, an anti-abortion activist and one of the so-called “Mama Grizzlies” endorsed by Sarah Palin.

Republicans say President Clinton’s visit today is the surest sign yet that Democrats are in trouble in normally “blue state” New York. As many as eight House Democrats in the state are believed to be vulnerable.

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